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heroic status. As there were no witnesses to Beowulf’s exploits, hisstory cannot be corroborated. Beowulf can respond only with a series of elaborate boasts about his doings to preserve his honor. Throughout Beowulf, boasting is presented as a key component of one’s reputation, a valid way to assert one’s position in a hierarchydetermined by deeds of valor.-alliteration- It is a stylistic device in which a number of words, having the same first consonant sound, occur close together in a series.
-examples- The son of his sire; he set out then banished, -Marked as a murderer, man-joys avoiding, -The glorious gift God had allowed him, And folk-ruling Father’s favor relied on,-names of places-what palace is called or hall of palace-Hrothgar’s mead-hall is called Heorot Hall-the word poignant- evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret. Profoundly moving or touching-what hearth means-the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick, etc., often extending a short distance into a room.-what to grood means (lots of examples, be careful)--what purie --what prow is- valiant; brave-examples-- : the front of a ship-some of the points talked about before (England under roman rule-KNOW ALL ABOUT IT)-MOMENTS OF FORE SHADOWING in poem, especially at the end- the poem started with the funeral of Shield Sheafson which foreshadows Beowulf’s funeral.- The second example is the story of Sigemund which foreshadows Beowulf’s fight with the dragon. -The third example is the story of Heremod which foreshadows Beowulf’s way to kingship.-details of Beowulf’sdeath-The dragon advances, and Beowulf finds his iron shield less protection than he thought against the dragon's flames. Nevertheless, he strikes the dragon with his sword. Angered by the blow, the dragon ejects even more fire, and Beowulf is forced to step back. At this point all of Beowulf's companions (except Wiglaf) flee to the woods. The dragon bytes Beowulf on the neck with his huge, poisonous fangs. As Beowulf bleeds all over the cave, Wiglaf finds the dragon's weak spot on its neck and hits it with his sword.
Beowulf manages to stab the dragon with a sharp knife from his vest. Both, the dragon and Beowulf, fall.Wiglaf patches his King's wounds, and Beowulf speaks to him. He knows he is about to die. Beowulf says he has no son to whom to leave his armor, but he is glad that he held the throne for fifty years and protected his people. He rejoices that he has not indulged in plots or sworn false oaths and that the Lord will have no occasion to accuse him of the slaughter of kinsmen. He asks Wiglaf to build a great burial for him and to take a good care of his people. He says that although he is dying, he is glad to give his people the gold that was found in dragon's place.`I thank God that I can give my people these gifts of gold. But you must see to the people's needs now, Wiglaf. I cannot be here any more. After they burn my body, tell the warriors to build a great burial for mound on the cliffs that stick out into the sea. The sailors steering their ships on the gloomy waters will see it Beowulf's Barrow, and my people will remember me. You are the last of our